About The Lower Merion Historical Society
Thus on November 3, 1949 the Main Lines Times (our emphasis) noted the first meeting of the Lower Merion Historical Society. Ninety community residents—about three times more than expected—had showed up; most had to stand throughout the meeting.
Over the following seventy years, The Society has gathered and preserved thousands of books, maps, photographs and artifacts that tell the stories of our people and communities. Scores of neighbors have donated their possessions, time and money to this cause. Hundreds of volunteers have provided educational programs to the public. Thousands of students, residents and scholars have worked with the Society’s extensive resources, in person and online. The Lower Merion Historical Society is a vital force in preserving and sharing the rich heritage of Lower Merion and Narberth.
The Lower Merion Historical Society is an organization dedicated to “Preserving Our Past For The Future.” This is accomplished by stewardship of local history, education of the community, preservation of historic resources and outreach to promote awareness of the cultural heritage of the Township of Lower Merion and the Borough of Narberth.
The Society holds an outstanding local and regional history collection at the beautifully restored 1812 Lower Merion Academy, the oldest existing school building in Montgomery County.
Lower Merion Academy
506 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania 19004
The Academy is the light tan stucco building located between the Cynwyd Elementary School and the Bala Cynwyd Middle School.
Reference Room — Our library of general reference materials; a reading room with Internet access.
Archive Room — A conservation environment housing our primary source materials; maps, books, papers, photographs, fabrics.
File Room — Collections of pamphlets, brochures, papers, newspapers, reprints; also, a display case exhibiting some Society artifacts.
Officers, Directors and Committees
Effective April 2021
President: Gerald A. Francis
Vice President: vacant
Treasurer: Leon Levine
Corresponding Secretary: vacant
Recording Secretary: Perrin C. Hamilton, Jr.
Immediate Past President: vacant
Class of 2021: George Lonsdorf, Ross L. Mitchell, Brad Upp
Class of 2022: Gary Brock, Max Buten, Rachel Wolgemuth
Class of 2023: Christina Fink, Martha Moffat, Carole Strickland
Ex Officio, Lower Merion Horse Company: Bruce Gill
Ad Hoc Solicitor: James S. Ettelson, Esq.
Database Administrator: Gerald A. Francis
Education: Gerald A. Francis
Library: Rachel Wolgemuth
Program: Perrin C. Hamilton, Jr.
Publications: Brad Upp
Strategic Planning: Christina Fink
Website: George Lonsdorf
Ad Hoc Committees:
Budget: appointed at the January Board Meeting
Financial Review: appointed at the January Board Meeting
Nominating: appointed at the January Board Meeting